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Jun 09 2014
U.S. Senate Pushes Funding for Fishing Industry PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 June 2014

 

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          The U.S. Senate is poised to pass a spending bill that includes more than $150 million for federal programs important to Alaska’s fishing industry and marine navigation. It includes $4 million for electronic monitors for the fishing fleet. Alaska fishermen on small boats have asked for cameras as a substitute for some of the human observers that record catch data. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told her colleagues electronic monitors will allow the mission to continue.
          “But recognizing that our small fishermen just simply cannot put another body on their boat as they’re out working.”
           The bill also includes $25 million for sonar mapping of coastlines, with an emphasis on the need for more data on the Bering Straits and the Arctic. It has $6 million for removing marine debris, especially debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami that washed up on federal land. The bill funding commerce, justice and science programs passed the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. Both Alaska senators sit on that committee, and Murkowski sits on the subcommittee that drafted the bill.

 
Jun 09 2014
Assembly Passes FY15 Budget PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 June 2014

 

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           The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed a $34 million budget for FY 2015 during its regular meeting Thursday night.
           Borough Manager Bud Cassidy said that revenues for the borough should be stable in 2015, but added that expenditures have increased.
           “There’s increases in salary due to the classification and compensation study. There’s an additional position in the managers office, there’s a half time economic development position, or contract position.” 
           Also included in the budget is a larger travel budget for assembly members, which Assemblyman Aaron Griffin said is to make sure the assembly will visit the borough’s outlying villages and get more involved in what’s happening in rural communities.
           “We took a look at how much contact we were having with our village communities and quite frankly we were lacking and we’ve been lacking for a long time. We are a large borough, it’s really incredible the amount of square mileage that we encompass. It takes money to get out and visit our remote communities.”

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Jun 06 2014
Providence Looks to Technology for Health Education PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 June 2014

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           According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 68,000 people are living with diabetes in Alaska. Much of the state is home to rural communities, so having a diabetes specialist, even in places like Kodiak, isn’t always possible. That’s why some hospitals and care clinics are turning to technology to provide health services, like diabetes education.
           Here in Kodiak, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center recently started offering telehealth diabetes education through a clinic in Oregon. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs has more on the program, and how it works.

 
Jun 06 2014
Fugleberg Named College Director PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 June 2014

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           Kodiak College has a new director. University of Alaska’s Chancellor, Tom Case, announced earlier this week that Alan Fugleberg  was chosen from a group of nationwide finalists for the position. He was the only local candidate to make the top three, and has been serving as the college’s assistant director for academic affairs at the college since 2011, as well as working as an assistant professor.
            Fugleberg holds a Master’s in public administration from the University of Montana, where he worked before coming to Kodiak.
            He replaces Barbara Bolson, who served as the director of Kodiak College for more than eight years. A press release from the University of Alaska Anchorage said Bolson will retire on June 30 and Fugleberg began his work as the new director this week.

 
Jun 05 2014
ITN Calls on Kodiak to Clean Up Beaches PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2014

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           The second annual Kodiak Coast Walk is set for this weekend. The event, sponsored by Kodiak Island Trails Network, or ITN, provides bags to folks wanting to clean up some of the island’s 81 beaches along the road system. Items are then delivered to ITN, who will sort and store the marine debris, which isn’t accepted at the landfill.
           To get an understanding of what kind of debris folks will be picking up on beaches this weekend, KMXT sent reporter Brianna Gibbs to clean up the Buskin Beach with ITN’s Director of Marine Programs, Tom Pogson.
           The two spent less than 30 minutes cleaning 40 feet of beach at the Buskin River earlier this week, which resulted in roughly 35 pounds of debris. It was a small glimpse of what’s out there on Kodiak’s beaches, and folks can help with clean up efforts during the second annual Coast Walk this weekend.
           People can pick up bags between 8 a.m. and noon in the parking lot of the Little School of Dance on Saturday and Sunday. There they can also look at a map of Kodiak beaches and sign up for where they’d like to go, that way there isn’t any overlap. Then, between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. full bags can be dropped off at Pier II in the fenced area north of the Horizon office.
           There will also be a Coast Walk kickoff barbecue at the Fort Abercrombie State Park group shelter on Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. It is a potluck, so bring a dish to share. Bags and maps will be provided there.

 
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